How to Make Whipped Body Butter on Soap Queen TV

What’s better than Tutorial Thursday? A Soap Queen TV episode!

Today’s project is a variation on one of the most popular projects from the Soap Queen Blog, Whipped Shea Butter. As of this very moment, the blog post has 264 comments. That’s crazy! I had no idea that project would be so popular! So I’m bringing the recipe back, but with a twist. In the video I use Avocado Butter, Meadowfaom Oil and Green Tea Extract for a whipped and creamy body butter. I scented it with Lemongrass Essential Oil which has a fresh scent and makes my recipe totally natural.

It’s a great beginner’s recipe so if you want to get into lotion making, this is a great place to start. A stand mixer is really essential for this recipe. It breaks up and adds air to the butter leaving you with the perfect consistency. Mixing it by hand would be REALLY difficult.

This body butter has been such a hit in the office, we seriously can’t get enough of it.

Enjoy the video and most importantly, enjoy the recipe.

How to Make Whipped Body Butter from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

To make the recipe in this video you will need:

We used our Bail Jars to package the body butter in, but you can use any wide mouth container.

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  1. angela says

    Do i need to add a preservative if i use tapioca powder and what is the shelf life of this butter.thanks

    • says

      Hi Angela!

      Because this recipe does not contain water, you do not need to use a preservative. When making a lotion or body butter, the shelf life of your product will be the lowest shelf life of the oils used. For this recipe, Meadowfoam Oil has a shelf life of about 3 years, while Avocado Butter has a shelf life of about a year. That means this recipe will have a shelf life of about a year. I would recommend storing it in a dry, cool place to help it last longer.

      For more information regarding preservatives, you may find this blog post helpful!

      Talk it Out Tuesday: Preservatives:

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Candice says

    Couple of question.

    Can I use a different essential oil?

    What is the shelf lif with and withour a preservative?

  3. Paula Rees says

    Hi there.

    I know that people tend to add preservative to body butter to stop it from spoiling. How long will the body butter last without and if I wanted to add some, what would be a good choice to use and how much?

  4. Lena Lee says

    Thank you for the great video!
    I just wanted to ask if this recipe can ba applicable to make whipped cream for face?
    They look so creamy and soft that I would like to make for my face. In this case, should I substitute the avocado butter to shea butter? and meadowfoam oil to other carrier oil? is it fine to use tapioca powder for face?
    Thank you again!

    • says

      Hi Lena!

      You could definitely make a whipped cream to use for the face, I would just keep your own skin type in mind. Drier skins might really enjoy a whipped face cream, but if you have oily skin it might be too heavy.

      Personally, if I were to use a whipped cream for the face I would use it at night and wash my face in the morning. That way my skin would have plenty of time to absorb the skin loving oils, but I would not feel oily during the day. If you did this, you would not need Tapioca Powder, which I worry may clog your pores on the face. You could use any butter that you like but Avocado would be just fine :). If you like Shea Butter better, go with that! Also, Meadowfoam oil would work fine.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. Louise says

    I’m just experimenting with creating recipes (for my own use right now) and I had made myself some lip balm, which turned out great. Thing is, I couldn’t decide what butters and oils to use so I used four skin-loving butters and six skin-loving oils (portioned out in small weight portions). I took that same recipe and whipped it into a fantastic body butter adding a nice fragrance and I was very pleased with the results…. except…. it was very greasy and firm. It helps my skin dryness tremendously, though, so I didn’t want to chuck it, then I saw your video referring to the tapioca powder. Well, right now I don’t have tapioca powder (did have, but used it all in my hot’nsour soup) so I put a scant teaspoon of cornstarch into a small portion of the butter I made and hand blended it in. WOW!!! Was I amazed at how creamy it made my butter and it goes on (just a dab) so nice without that lingering greasiness on my skin. Thank you so much for saving my butt-er. I will be trying your recipe soon, too. Don’t you love experimenting? I sure do. It’s fun! And a great way to learn.

    • says

      Hi Louise!

      I am so happy to hear you found a recipe that works well for you! Sometimes it does take a bit of trial and error to find that perfect combination of ingredients :). I’m so glad we could help!

      Happy Soaping!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Sarah!
      This recipe is by weight :) Unless otherwise noted in Soap Queen tutorials, ingredients are measured by weight because oils and other ingredients have different densities. Hope this helps! :) If you end up making this body butter, we would love to see it on our Facebook page!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Beatrix says

    Hello, id like to find out in what case do you melt the ingredients before whipping? Many recipes call for melting this one does not, what is e difference and when do i melt versus not? Thank ou your response would be great help

    • says

      Hi Beatrix!

      Because certain butters can get grainy when melted, we try not to melt most of the ingredients in our whipped body butters. Most of the time when you are melting a butter or oil, you are going to be making a lotion or balm that needs to be mixed with other melted oils! I hope that this helps. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  7. Kim says

    HELP!!! I have always used your recipes…and simply adore them. I have tried this recipe, except substituted soy butter for the avocado butter but am having some horrible results! It whips up beautifully and is wonderful on the skin but by morning, it is COMPLTELY melted in its container! I cannot ship this out to customers!!! What am I doing wrong? It is being kept at a cool (not cold)room temperature. Is there something I can add to stabilize it?

    • says

      Hi Kim!

      It sounds like your soy butter is actually melting in your recipe and that might be what is going on in your batch. I would check the melt point of your soy butter (it is typically lower than most). You can try adding some Coconut Oil to your batch to help it harden up and stabilize, but I would try it in a small test batch first to see how it works for you! I hope this helps!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  8. Deborah says

    I would like to create a body butter to use for those with arthritic and bursitis conditions. Will this recipe work to add Helichrysum, Roman chamomile, Peppermint, Calendula Extract, Litsea, Chamomile Extract and Evening Primrose Extract and what proportions should I use? Thanks.

  9. Bridget P Smith says

    I want this to be my first body.project. I’ve done a little MP and now I want to branch out. I’m really wanting to do bath and body gift baskets for Christmas with everything hand made by me. But I am also.on a tight budget so is this a good idea?

  10. Debi says

    Another thought about this butter, can you use
    extracts that you may have in your kitchen like almond and vanilla? Sometimes they have nice scents!

    • says

      Hi Debi!

      You will always want to make sure you are using skin-safe extracts in your bath and body products and I would definitely check with the manufacturers before using them in your butters! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. You should be just fine to use them, but we always suggest checking, just to be safe!

  11. Debi says

    Made this body butter and it feels great! Very fluffy, no grit at all. I did jar it up but only came up with 20 ounces of lotion, not 40. That is quite a difference, and I did weigh it out not measure. Has anyone else experienced the measurements being off as well???

    • says

      Hi Debi!

      How long did you whip it for? The longer you whip, the more air will whip into your body butter and the more volume it will be. Next time try a few extra minutes whipping it and that should help. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  12. Lua says


    I am totally new to this and would like to somehow combine this recipe with the Whipped Shea butter recipe.

    I am wondering if I use Shea Butter instead of the Avocado butter, can I then substitute the Meadowfoam Oil with Coconut Oil?

    Also, if I do use Coconut Oil instead, will the Green Tea Extract affect the scent of the product? I’d like to be able to select different scents.

    Love this site!
    Thank you!

    • says

      Good morning, Lua!

      It is so exciting to see readers like yourself delving into the world of body butters and lotions, it’s actually one of my favorite things to make. We definitely encourage experimentation and can’t wait to hear how your batch turns out.

      You can substitute the Shea Butter for the Avocado Butter in this recipe as well as using the Coconut Oil for the Meadowfoam Oil. Even if you use the Coconut Oil, the Green Tea Extract is not going to affect the scent of your product and you will be able to pick any of your favorite fragrance combos.

      Let us know what you end up going with, and if you get any pictures be sure to share them on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  13. Jade says

    Great fan of Soap Queen.
    I read somewhere that Becky mentioned about a cosmetic for testing.
    Forgot to write the info. Can you please give me the details and the common test being carried. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Jade!

      If you could give me a little bit more of what you are looking for, I would love to help get that information for you. Was it about batch testing lotions? Let us know and we can get the right information for you! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  14. Art says

    If you wanted to color the butter (to match up with a certain fragrance) could you use the color blocks (either regular or neon)? Thanks.

  15. says

    My avocado body butter is very runny. Is there a way to thicken it up? Even after it’s pretty frozen solid in the freezer and I whip it up it gets very thin again. I would prefer it to be thicken and fluffier maybe. What can I add and at what amounts. I’m not familiar with % or how to do they amounts based of % so if you could be specific with quanities based off this exact recipe I would appreciate it :)

    • says

      Hi Leah!

      I am so sorry to hear that your Whipped Avocado Body Butter isn’t turning out how you were expecting. Did you happen to add any extra oils or butters to this recipe? We’ve always found this recipe to be a fluffy, skin-loving butter and I definitely want to help you troubleshoot this so we can get to the bottom of why your batch isn’t turning out how you expected. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  16. Shannon says

    Hi! I’m excited to try this recipe [finally], but I would like to add the benefits of Oat Extract as it’s intended for children. Would it be okay if I split the Green Tea Extract and Oat Extract 50/50? I went through ALL the comments and didn’t see anything on this particular question. I just don’t think kids need a HEAVY detox amount and could benefit from extra moisture (since their skin doesn’t have the same lipid composition). Would it hurt the recipe at all? Thanks!

  17. Marsha says

    Hi gang! So I’m sitting here literally trying to make my own body butter when I came across this. A lot of the, if not all, recipes call for heating the butters/oils then cooling them in the freezer, whipping every 10 minutes or so. Is that really needed?

    Also, instead of the Dry Flo or tapioca powder, can corn starch be used? I’ve seen that on 1 site so far to help with the greasiness. Thanks Bunches!!

    • says

      Hi Marsha,
      Although I’ve never heard that, I’d imagine other blogs recommend heating the oils to ensure they are fully melted and mixed. It could also have something to do with getting that whipped texture. In our recipe, we use a Kitchen Aid mixer to get it nice and fluffy.

      And yes, you can try corn starch in small test batches to see if you like the results. We just found that we like the results we got from tapioca starch
      the best! :)

      Hope that helps!


      Stand Mixer with 5 Quart Glass Bowl:

  18. Hope Gonzales says

    Hi! Really hoping to make this soon. I will be placing my first order with you guys soon. Have a question though, could I use apricot kernel oil instead of meadowfoam? Which has a better effect on very dry skin?

  19. Ronita says

    Which is better, the tapioca powder or dry flo for cutting down on the greasy feeling?

  20. Evie says

    I made a whipped body butter using refined shea butter, jojoba oil, safflower oil, vitamin E, aloe vera powder and colloidal oatmeal. The butter whipped but was grainy. Then it started to thicken and solidify over the next few days. This was my first attempt at a whipped body butter. I’m wondering what went wrong and wanted to see if you have any suggestiions on how to make a better batch next time. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Evie!

      I’m so sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out quite how you were expecting. It sounds like it might have been the colloidal oatmeal that cause your whipped body butter to thicken and solidify. I’d suggest trying a small test batch without the oatmeal to see if it changes how your whipped body butter sets up. I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Evie says

        Hi Becky!

        Thank you for the reply. I thought it might be the oatmeal. I will try a batch without it and see what happens. But I’ve seen other body butters and lotions with oatmeal in them. I like the benefits of oatmeal. Do you know of any recipe with oatmeal in it?

  21. Jackie says


    Are there any preservatives in the tapioca powder or meadow foam oil. Or any chemicals. Thanks

  22. says

    I love body butter and that is one of the products that sell out. Whipped sounds more exotic and I will try this recipe to see how it goes. Cross fingers and

  23. says

    Hi! We’ve been making the Easy Whipped Shea butter for a while and had excellent results, until recent. We purchased a new batch of Shea Butter from BB and it arrived HARD as rock. We can’t get it to whip properly. We’ve tried cutting the shea into really small pieces, warming it up with our hands, and whipping it much, much longer, but we continue to have little lumps of shea all throughout our butter. Do you have any suggestions? Is it possible to have gotten a bad batch of shea butter? Our batch before was from BB and wasn’t nearly as hard, and it whipped up perfectly in the body butter. This last batch is just so hard. We’d appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks!

    • says

      I don’t think you got a “bad” batch of shea butter since we go through shea butter so quickly. It’s possible that you could have received the wrong butter. Would you be able to send us a picture? I would love to see what it looks like. Send the picture to courtney(at)brambleberry(dot)com.

      Looking forward to either troubleshooting or getting you a replacement!

      Courtney with Bramble Berry

  24. Callysta says

    Hi there!

    I was wondering if any preservatives would be needed in this recipe, and if they were necessary, what preservatives would you recommend? Do all of the ingredients need to be cosmetic-grade ingredients? and would it be okay to add the tapioca powder to the other whipped body butter recipe?

    Sorry for my many questions, I absolutely love how easy this recipe sounds and I can’t wait to start making my own body butter at home! A fast response would be much appreciated, thanks :)

    • says

      Good morning, Callysta

      Because this recipe does not contain any water, you wouldn’t need a preservative. We only include preservatives if a lotion/body butter recipe includes water or is going to be used with wet hands.

      We do suggest making sure all your ingredients are cosmetic-grade as this product will be going onto your body and you want to make sure that it won’t hurt your skin. If you have food-grade ingredients, they are going to work just as well.

      Tapioca Powder is great additive to the body butter recipes to help cut down on the the greasiness that some people feel in the recipe. And, you can totally use it in the other whipped body butter recipe.

      I hope this helps! We can’t wait to hear about how your DIY body butter turns out, keep us updated. =)

      Tapioca Powder:

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  25. Wansada says


    I have a question about Essential oil. If I would like to add Lemon essential oil. How much I should add with to body butter and less irritation skin.

    Thank you

    • says

      Hi Wansada!

      A good rule of thumb with essential oils (in leave-on products such as body butters) is 1-.5% typically as a starting point. Just remember that Lemon Essential is a photosensitizer so you’ll want to not sit out in the sun with the body butter on your skin just to be on the safe side. I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. When in doubt can always use our Fragrance Calculator to figure out the exact amount in your bath and body products. And with the Lemon EO, we recommend .01 oz. of EO for 10 oz. of lotion.

      Fragrance Calculator:

  26. Alexis says

    I would like to scent this with lavender EO (6ml). If I use green tea extract how would that change the lavendar smell?! Do you have any suggestions of what I could use instead of the green tea extract? Thanks :-)

  27. Wansada says


    I made this whipped avocado body butter. I gave some people to try it and they said this cream a little bit greasy what should I do ? to making this cream less greasy or support to be like this.
    Thank you in advance.


    • says

      Good morning, Wansada!

      Did you use the Tapioca Powder that was called for in this recipe? It really helps to cut down on the greasiness, and you can always add a little more extra then we specified. Be sure to make a small test batch first to make sure it feels the way you want it to. =)

      Tapioca Powder:

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Wansada says

        Thank you for quick respond. I did used Tapioca powder. and I tried your recipe Shea butter with coconut oil and I put Tapioca more extra than the first recipe. it’s turn still oily but less so if I want to put a lot of Tapioca it would be help or will turn not right for this body butter. I really love smell and how’s fluffy this cream.
        Thank you

        • says

          Hi Wansada!

          The Tapioca Powder is going to be great for this whipped body butter and we found that it worked so well on cutting down on the greasiness levels. If you feel you didn’t use enough, you can add one teaspoon at a time until it starts feeling a bit less greasy for you. I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. =)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  28. Nancy says

    Hi anne marie, I am very new to this body butter making.. I am going to be purchasing my ingredients soon.. I wanted your opinion of my alternate choices for this recipe.. if you dont mind?

    I wanted to use, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, carrot extract and creamsicle FO.. what do you think?

    does the apricot kernel oil smell like apricot? I chose that one because it is light, and isn’t a nut oil. any advice is appreciated. I love your blog and videos.. very inspiring.

    Thanks, Nancy

    • says

      Good morning, Nancy!

      If you do substitute ingredients in this recipe, the consistency will be a little different then the above recipe. If you are wanting to use Shea Butter, you might want to try out this recipe:

      Easy Whipped Shea Butter:

      And add in the Apricot Kernel Oil, Carrot Extract, Tapioca Powder and fragrance oil. If you do end up going with this recipe, make sure you make a super small batch first so you can tell if you like the consistency or not.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. The Apricot Kernel Oil doesn’t actually smell at all! :)

  29. Rose L. says

    I made this butter just as you posted it and it came out great, I’ve tried it 2 different times using calendula butter and the other time using aloe butter and both times the oil separates from the cream big time. The temps here are in the high 90’s to 110,s but the butters are in AC. Please tell me what I’m doing wrong.


  30. ashley says

    Hi! So excited to try this out! Making some for gifts, is it ok to put this into tin containers?

    Thank You!

  31. Selena says

    Looks Fab! Can I use Shea and another oil (few suggestions please)…? Meadowfoam is actually more expensive than jojoba here in Canada! Thank you

  32. Aiyana says

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but my “body butter” just has the consistency of cake batter and a yellow color, definitely not snow white or even close.

      • Aiyana says

        Thanks Becky,
        Well instead of avocado butter I used shea butter and I also replaced the meadowfoam oil with grapeseed oil. I didn’t use any essential oil because I didn’t want to add it until it whipped correctly. I used the same amounts as the recipe I think.


    • says

      I have made this 4 times with amazing luck! I have even experimented with scent. Last night I went to whip up a batch and nothing happened Yellow cake batter was exactly what happened. So confusing! So I put it in a bowl and tried a second batch wich I measured super careful! and again nothing….So i added 2 more oz of avocado and 2 oz of unrefined shea and still no “whip” any ideas? I am currently refrigerating the second batch to see what happens. Oh im in CT and my house is only about 65˚ Ugh!


      • Anne-Marie says

        I’ve never seen this not whip. So, to confirm, the only difference is you are using unrefined shea? And you’re using avocado butter (not oil) right? Any other changes? This is the original recipe.

        14 oz Avocado Butter
        5 oz Meadowfoam Oil
        1 oz Green Tea Extract
        6mL Lemongrass Essential Oil
        5 teaspoons Tapioca Starch

        • says

          I know, its super strange?! I have made 2 batches as of noon today with no luck? I have been making this for 6 months with absolutely no problem. The only thing I can think of is its a new tub of organic avocado butter?! can it be that? The butter is the same brand I always use?! Ugh! Thank you

          • says

            So I just tried whipping just the avocado butter, and more or less it turn to liquid:( Bad batch? I guess I need a new supplier!! you guys:)

  33. Ying says

    Is BB not carrying any more bail jars? They look so adorable, but I can’t seem to find any on the website.

  34. Dawnia says

    Hi –
    I have been making this regularly and it always works great. However the last batch of avocado butter I got from BB is grainy. I mixed it a long time, and it looks ok. But when you use it you feel the little hard grains. Could this be a bad batch?? And if I melted it first then cooled it and whipped it again do you think it would fix it??
    Any ideas??

    • says

      Hi Dawnia!

      Typically, Avocado Butter is be smooth and without the graininess. But, you can try to melt it and stir it to get all those little grains out. And, then you can whip it again, and it should be just fine. Keep us updated! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  35. Angel says

    Could I use Dulce extract in place of the green tea extract as it is currently out of stock, or what would you suggest to replace GTE?

    • says

      Hi Michelle!

      Currently we are out-of-stock of the bail jars, but we have ordered them! As soon as we get them back in stock we will put them on the website. In the meantime, I’d try a local craft store to see if they have anything similar that you could use. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Gabriela!

      There is no need to refrigerate shea butter as it is not an oil that will go rancid by being out. But, if you feel more comfortable with refrigerating this recipe, it isn’t going to hurt it. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  36. Dominique says

    Hi there!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe as well as some of the others on this site; they all sound scrumptious! I do have a few questions though and thought you could help me. I planted the most amazing garden this year and have tons of lemon verbena, rosemary, basil, bergamot, lemon balm, lavender, and lemon thyme that is in dire need of getting used in soaps, lotions, and lip balms before we have our first frost, but I have no idea what I’m doing. Do you have any advice? I know that I’d rather use fresh lemon verbena in soaps/lotions if possible since the scent is divine and I suffer from severe migraines so the more authentic a scent the better. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thank you!

  37. says

    I look forward to trying this recipe, Anne-Marie. Thanks for posting it :-)

    I do have a question about the original recipe. I have a jar of the original that I am using myself. I only have a bit left in my container and the FO seems to have fading completely, and mine is left with an odd ‘chemical’ smell. If I remember correctly, I added one ingredient to try to get some ‘slip’ like my favorite store brand (Caswell Massey White Almond Hand Creme). I can’t remember which ingredient though and I am at work so I don’t have my notes. I’ll definitely be leaving that ingredient out next time. I don’t believe this was a BB ingredient. I think I got it somewhere else.

    Have your creams ever developed an off smell? I kept mine away from water and did not dip wet fingers into it. I’ll bet mine probably only developed that smell because of this other ingredient.

    Do you find the above recipe to be better than the original?

    As always, thanks for your help!


    • says

      Hi Linda!

      We haven’t ever found our creams to have a chemically smell when we are finishing them up, but it sound like it might have been that extra ingredient that you added it.

      If you are looking for an extra ingredient that helps prevent that extra greasiness that can sometimes be found in lotions, I’d use the Tapioca Powder found in this recipe as it really helps cut down on that.

      Personally, I love both the Whipped Shea Butter and this Whipped Body Butter recipe, it really is a personal preference! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  38. Monamur says

    Dear Becky,

    Thank you so much.

    If i wish to order from you, can you ship oils and extracts to Europe, Hungary? I know that there is some restriction of liquid shipping…

    Thank you for your help, Monamur

    • says

      As far as I can tell (other than certain fragrance and essential oils) there is no restrictions on oils, butters, extracts and other ingredients being sent to Hungary! =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  39. Monamur says

    Hi Anne-Marie,

    I hardly find the ingredients in my country, as I see lot of things you have only in the american market. Can you tell me that instead of meadowfoam oil can I use anything else? And for green tea extract can I use 100% pure green tea fragrance oil or boil real green tea leaf in water?
    And in another recipe Becky told me, if I dont reach Tapioca Starch Powder, I may can use corn scratch.

    So there is only few thing that I can reach in Europe …. Grrrr :((

  40. says

    I am just getting into the butters/creams. I love this recipe due to it being so simple. But I am still getting a tiny bit of grainy feeling. I have made two batches and cannot seem to get it right. Should I substitute the Tapioca Powder with something else.

    • Anne-Marie says

      I’d switch out to a new batch of shea butter and see if that takes care of your graininess issue. This time of year, the graininess can happen if the butter melts and remelts in transit.

  41. Lucy says

    I Love , Love this recipe ! This is my first whipped butter and has been quite a hit !

    Recently, I used this product as a massage cream.It was fabulous ! Just the right amount of slip.

    I am hoping to turn this into a massage lotion , that can be pumped out of a bottle .

    any suggestions ?

    great that I do not have to use preservatives.

    • says

      As it is now, I don’t think it would easily go through a pump in a bottle. But maybe with a little recipe tweaking! Try increasing the amount of liquid oils to see if the consistency becomes more conducive to pump-bottle use. Let us know how it goes! -Kristen with Bramble Berry

  42. Alex says

    I would like to know if I can substituted the Meadowfoam Oil with some thing else.

    Thank you for the recipe it looks great!

  43. Marilyn Clarkin says

    Great recipe!
    How long does this last and should it be refrigerated? thanks

    • says

      Good morning Marilyn!

      This recipe doesn’t actually need to be refrigerated, but it wouldn’t hurt it if you wanted to. And as with any recipe, the shelf life of your product is going to be as long as they ingredient with the shortest shelf life. In this particular recipe it would be the Avocado Butter which has a shelf life of about a year. =)

      ~Becky with Bramble Berry

  44. Maria says

    I tried this but my avocado butter was soft to begin with. When I Added the meadowfoam oil, the consistency was of egg whites even after the addition of the Tapioca Powder ( 5 teaspoons) it would not thicken. I added a bit extra Tapioca Powder and it seemed to thicken a bit.
    Are you sure with your numbers or measures? Maybe it was warm in my kitchen from the soap making that the avocado butter soft?

    Anyway. I love the results just checking on the measurements of Tapioca Powder.

    • says

      Hi Maria!

      I did double-check it, and the measurements on the recipe are correct. But it sound like it might have been a bit warm when you tried making this body butter and that is why it is a bit softer then you were expecting. But, you can always add more Tapioca Powder to your recipe until you get the consistency you are looking for

      ~Becky with Bramble Berry

    • Anne-Marie says

      Try tossing the entire thing in the fridge and seeing if it settles up. It’s REALLY hot here right now and it took 2 days for my cocoa butter (melted) to set up recently.

  45. says

    I forgot to ask: Would arrowroot powder make a suitable substitution? Do you believe that Tapioca Powder works better? If so, what do you think of swapping Tapioca Powder with a blend of arrowroot powder and corn starch?


      • says

        Thanks Becky!

        I have everything on hand, so ill stick with cornstarch this time. But next time ill be sure to get Tapioca Powder.

    • says

      Hi Gabi!

      Since ‘natural’ is not a regulated or defined term in the soap and cosmetic industry, it is hard to say what 100% natural is. But, we try our hardest to keep our products as simple and as ‘natural’ as possible.

      Our Tapioca Powder is unique because it is an aluminum-free modified tapioca starch. I love using it because it is super smooth and give my skin that non-greasy soft feel. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  46. DRadig says

    Hi – I made this exactly like the recipe and it turned out perfect! Now I want to make a coffee scented whipped butter. I have a LB of coffee butter, thought of using sweet almond or hazelnut oil and mallow extract. My question is if the coffee butter will whip up ok? Since it is coffee extract in coconut oil.
    Also is there any way to mix it with cocoa butter to get the mocha scent, and still get it light and fluffy? Thanks! LOVE your recipes! They always work perfect!

  47. Michelle says

    I made a version of this without the extract as I didn’t have any and saw it wasn’t in the original Easy Whipped Shea Butter recipe you posted back in 2010. I used the unrefined shea butter combined with cocoa butter, Monoi de Tahiti, Virgin Coconut and Avocado Oil. It came out great but I read somewhere on line that when you use the raw shea butter you have to keep it in the fridge to prevent the oils from going rancid.

    Is this true?

  48. Candice says

    I have not tried this one, but I make the original and use cornstarch to ease the greasynes, nothing but good reviews.

    • says

      So glad to hear that the cornstarch is working out for you, Candice! Our original Dry-Flo was actually a modified cornstarch, so it makes complete sense that it would work for you!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  49. Leslie says

    Is it possible to do this with cocoa butter? Would it require more liquid oil? A mix with a softer butter?

  50. icover says

    look amazing and i cant wait to try! i was wondering.. will this recipe fill all 8 containers??

  51. Steph D says

    Hit submit too quick! More questions came to mind. I want to make this with shea butter instead. since you sell the meadowfoam in a 4 oz size can I only use 4 oz instead of 5oz or use 1 oz of another oil, olive or something as a substitute?

    • Anne-Marie says

      You totally could do the 4/1 thing! Just keep in mind that the Meadowfoam is light and nourishing so if you replaced it with a heavier oil (Olive Oil, Hemp Oil, Castor Oil etc…), the whip will be a bit heavier.

  52. Steph D says

    Since this a first time project for me and I don’t want to buy a pound of Tapioca Starch Powder for 5 little teaspoons can I leave it out or can I use something else like corn starch?

  53. Tabitha says

    Could this be put in to sterile wide mouth canning jars? I have a lot of canning jars and some are so pretty. Also now that you can get the screw plastic lids instead of the metal ones would that be okay to use I don’t think they would leak.?

  54. Katrina says

    So I made the whipped body butter and it is so grainy:( is there anything I can do?

    • says

      Sometimes if the body butter hasn’t been whipped and mixed long enough, it can be a little grainy, how long did you mix it for? I’d try a couple more minutes with the mixer and that should help! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  55. Katrina says

    So is it 16 or 14 oz avocado butter? It says 14 but then I though I heard 16 :)

  56. Stephanie says

    1. Would a stick blender work?

    2. Would it be ok to use the same bowl from my kitchenaid that I use for food too? If not, would the metal one be ok or would the glass be way better?

  57. Jeannine says

    Thanks Becky!I’ve been making the whipped shea butter so long, I need a change :-)

  58. Jeannine says

    I’m thinking of trying this with peach kernel oil instead of the meadowfoam. Any thoughs on the substitution? I have very dry skin.

  59. says

    I tried the avocado butter recipe, with a few variations to make it my own, and LOVED it! At first I worried that it was too oily but after just a few minutes my skin absorbed it and was dry to the touch and very silky. I gave samples out to my testers and so far they are all very pleased. Thanks for the great recipe.

  60. Skye says

    Can’t wait to try this! Thank you! Can I substitute jojoba oil for meadowfoam oil?

  61. says

    I currently only make solid lotions and have been considering making liquid lotions but have avoided it because of the need for preservatives. I think body butters like this one will be a good addition to my product line when I am ready. Thank you for the recipe and the tutorial. And for letting us know how long the product stays good for.

  62. says

    I don’t have a stand mixer so i was wondering if a hand mixer would work and long as i have it on the right speed and move it around the bowl the right way.

    • says

      In theory, a hand mixer could work for this recipe, but we highly recommend having a stand mixer as it can be really tough to mix! :) You will have to let us know how it works.
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • golfingkittymom says

        I’ve made the whipped shea butter recipe many times and I use my hand mixer all the time. Just make sure your shea butter is at room temperature and smaller pieces. Mine comes out great and all my friends love it!

      • says

        I used my hand mixer and only used one beater and it came out great! A little tedious having to stand there hold the mixer for a few minutes but it worked great and came out wonderfully!

    • Danielle says

      I use a hand mixer as well for the whipped shea butter. I make sure my butter is in smaller chunks, and i warm up the coconut oil that I use so I can pour it over the shea. Then whip for about 6-7mins and turns out great every time

  63. Mellifera says

    Thanks, TS, but I liked refined, so that I don’t have to worry about the scent coming through.

    • says

      I have made this a few times and the part where Anne-Marie talks aobut breaking it up into smaller pieces before adding it to your mixer is really important. The Shea Butter is pretty hard – not rock hard like Cocoa Butter but harder than, say, vegetable shortening for sure. But I have found that as long as I break it up into little chunks and then let the mixer go at it for awhile it whips up like magic! If you have some of the hard stuff around you might just try mixing it again and giving it a little more time. Hope this helps! ~Amber

      • Mellifera says

        But doesn’t it get stiff again when the mixing is done? Mine does–and the result isn’t buttery, but more like meringue. It still “works,” but the texture isn’t pleasant.

        • Anne-Marie says

          I’m using this every day and find the texture lovely. It’s not like a soft fluffy cloud but it spreads wonderfully and I’m pretty taken by it =)

  64. TS says

    @Mellifera- Have you tried Mountain Rose Herbs? They sell organic, unrefined shea butter. I haven’t purchased it yet myself since I still have some left over that I have ordered from BB but you could give theirs a try. Shea Butter is suppose to be somewhat hard at room temp and I have used it in regular lotion recipes without any problems but I have not tried a whipped butter recipe yet. Here’s the link : Hope that helps!

    • Anne-Marie says

      We used to sell unrefined Shea Butter and it was equally hard to the normal stuff. Just break up the Shea Butter in small chunks and that will help with the whipping.

  65. Katie says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Do you prefer your whipped shea butter recipe, or this one? Which of the two do you find less oily? They both sound wonderful!

    Thank you in advance!

    Have a great day! :)

      • Katie says

        Hello, Becky!

        Thank you for your response! I’ve never made body butter before; this should be fun! I’ll definitely order from you guys when I get some extra funds… I’m all about supporting my fellow Washingtonians!

        Have a great day!

        Katie :)

  66. Mellifera says

    I’ve used variations on the original recipe with shea for about two years, but had to stop at the end of last year, because I just can’t find soft shea butter anymore! My usual supplier and BB both sent me (refined) shea that is hard as a rock. Or at least hard as feta cheese!

    t can’t be whipped without being melted. So I melted and whipped… but as soon as it set up, the whipped shea turned hard again, not light and soft and fluffy. So maybe switching to avocado or mango butter or another butter would be the answer until a softer shea reappears.

    • says

      Hi Mellifera!

      I am so sorry that your shea butter was hard, it isn’t supposed to be, it actually is supposed melt on contact with the skin.

      Please give our customer service line a call or email us at info(at)brambleberry(dot)com and we would be more then happy to help you figure out why the Shea Butter you received was so hard! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Mellifera says

        No worries. I talked to BB customer service before I bought it, and from the description, I thought it would be hard–I just got a pound to try. It’s a natural product, and I’m sure the consistency varies. I’m going to sub mango or avocado for a while.

  67. says

    what else could you use instead of avocado butter? I’m allergic to it, actually anything with avocado’s gives me a reaction thats not nice lol


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